Horst "Jakob" Tietzen
Hauptmann

Horst Tietzen

 
    Horst “Jakob” Tietzen was born on 19 July 1912 at Neu-Ostwalter in the Neumark region of Mark Brandenburg. Leutnant Tietzen received his first taste of combat, with 3. Staffel of J 88 of the Condor Legion, in the Spanish Civil War. He recorded his first victory on 19 July 1938, when he shot down a Republican I-16 fighter. He then recorded a further six victories operating with 1. Staffel. Tietzen was awarded the Spanienkreuz in Gold mit Schwerten for his accomplishments in this conflict. In mid-August 1939, Tietzen was appointed Staffelkapitän of 5./JG 51. He recorded his first victory of World War 2 on 20 April 1940, when he shot down a French Bloch MB.174 twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft near Saarburg, although he mis-identified the victory as a Potez 63. Tietzen was to be particularly successful during the Battle of Britain. He recorded his 10th victory of World War 2 on 25 July 1940, when he shot down a RAF Spitfire fighter near Dover. On 15 August, Tietzen shot down three RAF Hurricane fighters to record his 15th through 17th victories of World War 2. He became the fourth German fighter pilot to record 20 victories on 18 August. On 18 August 1940, Tietzen was shot down and killed in aerial combat with RAF Hurricane fighters over the Thames Estuary. His body later washed ashore at Calais in France. Tietzen was posthumously awarded the Ritterkreuz and promotion to the rank of Hauptmann on 20 August.
    Horst Tietzen was credited with 27 victories. He recorded seven victories during the Spanish Civil War.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
19.7.1938
-
I-16 3. J/88 Spain
2
20.9.1938
-
I-16 1. J/88 Spain
3
20.9.1938
-
I-16  1. J/88 Spain
4
27.9.1938
-
I-16  1. J/88 Spain
5
27.9.1938
-
I-16  1. J/88 Spain
6
21.12.1938
-
I-16  1. J/88 Spain
7
29.12.1938
-
I-16  1. J/88 Spain
8
20.4.1940
11:50
Potez 63 5./JG 51 N Saarburg / Bloch MB 174 (No 31) of GR I/52 of Armée de l’Air flown by S/L Fevrier, crew of 3 killed
9
14.6.1940
20:15
Battle 5./JG 51 Évreux
10
27.6.1940
20:10
Blenheim 5./JG 51 S Dover
11
4.7.1940
14:45
Hurricane 5./JG 51 NE Dover
12
9.7.1940
17:00
Spitfire 5./JG 51 NE Margate
13
13.7.1940
19:30
Hurricane 5./JG 51 SE Dover
14
14.7.1940
16:10
Hurricane 5./JG 51 SE Dover
15
18.7.1940
10:55
Spitfire 5./JG 51 15km N Calais / Spitfire I (P9452) “DW-Z” of 610 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O P Litchfield, killed
16
20.7.1940
19:15
Hurricane 5./JG 51 SE Dover / Hurricane of 32 Sqn, RAF, damaged
17
25.7.1940
17:10
Spitfire 5./JG 51 Dover
18
29.7.1940
8:35
Spitfire 5./JG 51 5km N Dover
19
31.7.1940
16:55
Spitfire 5./JG 51 Dover / Spitfire of 74 Sqn, RAF
20
11.8.1940
14:48
Hurricane 5./JG 51 E Colchester
21
11.8.1940
14:50
Hurricane 5./JG 51 Thames Estuary
22
15.8.1940
12:40
Hurricane 5./JG 51 Folkestone
23
15.8.1940
12:41
Hurricane 5./JG 51 Folkestone
24
15.8.1940
-
Hurricane 5./JG 51 S Harwich
25
16.8.1940
13:25
Hurricane 5./JG 51 E Canterbury
26
16.8.1940
-
Spitfire 5./JG 51 SW Ramsgate
27
18.8.1940
-
Hurricane 5./JG 51 -

Victories : 27
Awards : Ritterkreuz (20 August 1940)
Units : J/88, JG 51

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